Thanks to @crownpublishing and @randomhouse#partner for this #bookmail . I have to say I am super intrigued by the cover. 🙊.I am on a quest to bring more peace and less anxiety into my life, so books like this one have piqued my interest. I will keep you posted on my thoughts.
Have you read this one? What are your rituals for self-care? So curious!
• 02.20.20 •
• Q - What are you currently reading? How are you liking it?
• A - I’m reading After (and loving it) and still working my way through my audiobook for The Name of the Wind. It’s 27 hours long and I only listen to it when I’m getting ready for work, so it’s going to take me a while!
• I’m off for 3 days and I’m so excited!! Minus going to get my eyes tested tomorrow.
• I was gifted Illuminae by the amazing @obsessive_bibliomaniac for Valentines Day and I’m SO happy she sent it to me because it was flipping amazing! The writing style was such a unique experience. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Thank you so much, Tasha ❤️
• Have you guys checked out the amazing selection of goodies in @caffeineandlegends shop? They have ready made past boxes waiting for your loving home!!
• Reading Update - HARDIN FOREVER
• “She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.” - Illuminae
• #berryenchantressfeb20 || all about that sass
• #letsgetlitfeb20 || award winning
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Last night I sat in a packed room to hear award-winning author @ndennisbenn speak about her latest work, Patsy.
I received an ARC of Patsy and I wrote a review last year, that ended up being one of my most read reviews on the blog in 2019. Yet somehow I missed something that was staring at me.
In both her books Nicole places the lens on the relationships of mothers & daughters. In ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ Delores is a mother who mothers from her own pain and lack of self-worth.
Patsy, on the other hand, leaves her daughter behind in the search of her own happiness in the US and doesn’t contact her for 10 years.
As a mother, I thought I could never be like any of these women, but then suddenly yesterday I realized my own privilege.
Both stories have the foundation of being set in Jamaica.
A beautiful island that feeds off tourism, yet the issues that plague the everyday Jamaican will never be seen by the average tourist.
As a Jamaican I know that motherhood is a badge of honour in Jamaican culture. You hear it in reggae from Sizzla to Garnet Silk and even Vybz Kartel has a tribute to their mother. Mothers are the backbone and heroes of the family. According to the 'Planning Institute of Jamaica' approximately 45% of all Jamaican households are headed by single females.
But my question is what about the mothers who don’t want to mother. As it stands now, in Jamaica abortion is illegal and women can only legally be granted one if her life is in danger or for mental health reasons.
There’s a scene in Patsy where she ponders not having the child but quickly dismisses the notion of not mothering. “She was forbidden to have an abortion, threatened by her mother to be thrown in jail since it is illegal in Jamaica and deemed an abomination by the church.”
I know that Patsy and Delores are fictional characters but the issue is real. When you are forced to be a mother and you, in turn, reject the burden of motherhood then what?
I wonder for women like Patsy, how could their story be different if they had more options.
I'd live to know your thoughts...
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This book - CODE NAME HELENE - has been sitting on my desk for over a month and I am finally able to get to it. This type of story is right up my alley! ( #gifted@doubledaybooks)⠀
⠀ @ariel.lawhon is a trusted author of historical fiction, and this one promises to be just as riveting.⠀
The main character, Nancy Wake, was a spy who killed a Nazi with her bare hands while her husband stayed home to hold down the fort. Lawhon describes Nancy as a bold, bawdy, brazen woman. Helloooo my new best friend (CODE NAME GRETA’S NEW BEST FRIEND!) ⠀
Nancy was an actual person, making this historical fiction a deep dive into the mind of a true war hero. ⠀
I can’t wait to learn more. ⠀
(On sale in April.)
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Woman on the Edge describes me today. I had laryngitis last week, and woke up today with a runny nose, sore throat and ears. I am on THEE edge. I hate being sick. 😫
How was your day? Do you have any tips to help me survive the cold from hell?
The irony of posting a book about Digital Minimalism to our Instagram feed is not lost on us. With that being said, Cal Newport’s work was too interesting not to share!
Our biggest takeaway from Digital Minimalism was the importance of solitude. With our increased connectivity, we are experiencing what Newport calls “solitude deprivation”.
Getting the needed solitude in our daily lives grants us “the ability to clarify hard problems, to regulate our emotions, to build moral courage, and to strengthen relationships”.
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Hey friends, I hope you're having a good week so far. I'm traveling this week. It's not a hardship I went from 20-degree weather to 80 with sunshine. With this book and my travels, I thought it'd be a good time to ask about your travels. Do you have any plane etiquette pet peeves or any flight horror stories? I'm the girl who disinfects her seating area then reads the whole trip. So, I don't have many stories, I've had the normal turbulence to where I've said that I'd never fly again lol. Oh, and I sit next to a guy who was looking at pictures of girls in bikinis the whole flight.
Please note that Wild at Heart is a continuation of The Simple Wild. They must read in order.
That said, if you haven't read The Simple Wild, please put it on your tbr. It's hands down one of my favorite books. My feelings vary with sequels. Sometimes, I'm completely ok with leaving things how they ended. This time around, I was begging for more of Calla and Jonah. Calla had a wild ride when it came to getting settled in Alaska. I felt like Jonah was selfish when it came to making life decisions. I feel like it was all about him, but Calla rolled with it. I loved her journey, the wildlife, the neighbors, all of it.
I'm kinda cheating to include this in #lovetoreadfeb20 for my enemies to lovers post from like three days ago 🤷♀️. Hey, it counts, they had a rough start in the first book.
Hello bookish friends! My weekend starts early since I have to work on Sunday, today is my Friday. And the kids have no school tomorrow too, so yay me.
I'm am in love with these Alice in Zombieland books. I've been finding them at consignment shops, thrift stores and books sales for amazing bargain prices. I'm just missing book two and I will find it.
$8 plus shipping. Very good condition, comment if you’re interested.
1 132 hours ago
Happy Thursday Babes 😘♥️
Thanks to #partner@kensingtonbooks for all these amazing free reads in exchange for an honest review!!
I'm slumping hard guys, trying to get books read, but I'm all over the place. Plus with my new #diamondpainting obsession it's hard 😳😂
Have you read any of these ? Are any on your TBR ?
Hey all! I’m more than half way through this book and OMG is this story getting so good! 😬 all I want to do is go home and finish it! It started off kind of slow but now things are happening right after another and I really want to find out how this story ends... I’m also super excited to watch the movie coming out for this book in May 😍 who’s watching it?! 🙋🏻♀️
Here’s two things about this book: It’s an obsession-worthy and perfect to break any reading slump.
This is one of the books I didn't get the chance to read last year, but since I heard about the movie adaptation is around the corner, I really proposed myself to read it before any spoiler goes through my ears, which I’m lucky because I’ve heard tremendous things about this but no spoilers.
It’s a fast-read and chapters are short, and the narrator’s voice is smooth and crisp as good wine.
Sometimes an author sticks to you and become engrained into who you are. That’s me with these authors here. Julie Kagawa and J.R.R. Tolkien. There are a few other authors that I love too, but these are the ones I buy when I see them.
Happy Cover Reveal @emmahartauthor!! Hot Mess releases May 19th and I can’t wait!
I, Elle Evans, am on the run.
Not from the fuzz—although that would be more exciting.
No, I’m on the run from the four-year-old private tape that, thanks to my vengeful ex, has probably already ruined my vlogging career.
There’s nothing like the entire world knowing what you look like mid-O.
Creek Keys, Florida, is a million miles away from NYC and the perfect place for me to hide for the rest of summer until I can figure out what I’m going to do.
Something that’s easier said than done since my new landlord’s daughter thinks I’m God’s greatest gift. Even better? Their beach house is right next to the one I’m renting, so there’s no getting away from her—or her hot, British dad.
Who most definitely does not think I’m role model material.
He might be right.
The problem is that neither of us can say no to her.
Or each other.
Preorder your copy today!
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✤ Apple Books →https://emmahart.pub/hotmessapple
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😐 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐟—𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐬𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐥.
Screw those “overnight successes” and the strings attached to them.
YOU get to play the game a whole new way, whether it’s indie or trad pub for you.
You can show up RIGHT NOW a rule-breaker, a trend-setter, or make the current standards your playground and master the sandbox AND STILL WIN.
How many words you write has NOTHING to do with dominating the industry.
How many times you get rejected has no bearing on the success you get to have.
The “perils of publishing” sob story making you so desperate to beat the curve, so nervous as you cross the finish line is B U L L S H I T.
𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐲.
Authors & other industry professionals can only inform you from their own experience.
But why do you think the world’s jaw drops whenever phenomenons like Harry Potter and Twilight and Divergent happen???
No one is going to decide they’re ready for you until 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞.
But blowing the doors open takes guts, confidence, brutal honesty, and a take-no-prisoners desire to succeed.
Not your purple prose, your high stakes plot, or your pretty jacket cover. These things are just side bennies to the main squeeze.
What really counts is how willing you are to TREAT YOURSELF like an icon, an A-lister, a world-shaker, a norm-disrupter.
Are you going to be no-holds-barred yourself, honoring your own integrity and systems and beliefs?
Are you going to a) throw your chin up or b) buckle and bend and settle at the first push in the wrong direction? 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽
Who are you gonna be? What will you decide?
Have you been resisting the runaway hit The Silent Patient by @alex.michaelides ? I held off for ages. Looked like another thriller and I was burned out. 🤷♀️ Thanks to my IRL book club I read it. Wow! ❤️ I did the audio and then appreciated it so immensely that I ordered the print copy to photograph it and share with you what I learned. 💕 .
Here is the good news: This is not another thriller from the assembly line births a new one daily. In fact the author revealed in an interview that he was surprised to see it marketed as a thriller. I agree. It is much better. .
This book could have been called The Psychotherapist. (I would have picked it up sooner). It is truly a rich layered story about why a troubled man, Theo, chose to be psychotherapist. It is about his life, his worries about his wife cheating, and his struggle to figure out the infamous female silent patient Alicia who has remained mute for years after shooting her husband repeatedly in the face. The book explores the “talking cute” - its effect on his life and how he uses it to help Alicia. .
This book far exceeded my expectations. The narrator was superb. His voice was intoxicating. In fact, while editing the manuscript, the author tweaked sentences and phrases to match the rhythm of his hypnotic voice. Be sure to listen to the interview at the end of the audiobook. So good. .
What were your thoughts on The Silent Patient? (Or shall I say The Psychotherapist 😉?)
Down the Rabbit Hole 🌙🐇🍄🐈☕️✨🦩🕰 -
Spring is just around the corner - and already very much in the air - and I’m more than ready for a magical, topsy-turvy mad tea party ☕️🌙
Wishing everyone a magical day! ✨
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Whether your goal is to promote new book titles, create awareness of your organization, or sell books, magazines and related items, The Word on the Street Saskatoon is the place to connect with festival visitors in a family friendly atmosphere. 🎈.
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How are you getting on with February’s read? I’ll be honest; I’m struggling! It doesn’t feel usual Picoult standard to me, or maybe it’s the backward chronology. How are you doing? I’m going to keep going! Beth x 📚 #bethsbookclub (ph @tbretc)
We are finally getting snow, I am so excited 😆 I love the snow, and miss it so much.
I have been so busy with work I haven’t been posting. I have been reading for 2hrs every night though.
Here is my beautiful stack of books to read.
What are you reading? How is your weather??
“ I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book” ~ J.K. Rowling. .
Story behind the photo. .
Yesterday morning I visited @livraria.lello book store in Porto. It is one of the worlds oldest and most beautiful bookstores. .
Opened in 1906, the bookstore was once a haunt of the city's literary scene.
J.K. Rowling lived in the city from 1991 to 1993 and used to sit in the first floor cafe and write. It’s rumoured that this is where Rowling found the inspiration behind Harry Potter. .
It’s the only time I have been anxious whilst I have been here. It truly is the most gorgeous gothic bookshop. Unfortunately crammed with tourists that were too busy taking selfies to appreciate the sheer beauty of the building and all the beautiful books. .
#inspire_and_create hashtag challenge connects creative people through weekly prompts and loops. This week's theme is "BOOKS". To see all contributions follow the loop until you get back here.
This week I have been very indecisive with my reading selections and I think I can officially say I have hit a reading slump. I think I need something completely different to help jumpstart my reading again. Luckily my @BookofTheMonth pick has arrived just in time. This month I selected The Girl With The Louding Voice which is a hopeful coming-of-age story, where a young Nigerian woman strives to finish her education and live the life she wants. I've been hearing good things about this one too. Are you a BoTM subscriber? If so, what did you pick this month?
If you are interested in trying out Book of The Month for yourself, head over to the link in my bio to use my referral link and use promo code HEART at checkout to get your first box for $9.99. I am a BoTM #bookbassador but I have also been a fan of BoTM for years. It's the most affordable way to get hardcover new releases and in some cases you can get books before their official publication date.
12 5197 hours ago
Hey friends! Hope you’ve had a good day :) I’ve finally started Part Two of The Way of Kings to hopefully be able to finish by the end of the month (fingers crossed)! Honestly I’ve missed reading about Kaladin he’s just such a good character!
The two other books I’m reading I’m finally making a dent in them so hopefully I’ll finish one of these books this weekend and some point maybe, who even knows :) I’m part of many fandoms for Films, TV, Movies and of course books! However I don’t know a lot of people in the Stormheart series and I LOVE this series!
🌙Until Darkness Dies🌙
Having recently read ACOTAR by SJM, I was wondering why it seemed a little familiar (because of the wings😂) and I realized its because one of my favorite book boyfriends by @laurathalassa also has gorgeous wings
New on the TBR 💫
Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author I automatically became a fan of after reading Daisy Jones & The Six. All it took was one book for me to fall in love with her writing, and now I’ll pretty much buy anything she releases. It could be a set of instructions and I’d still enjoy it. Angie Thomas and Jojo Moyes have the same effect, their books are on auto-purchase 😂
I’ve heard amazing things about this novel so I can’t wait to read it! 💚
Q: what’s one author you’ll always follow/read, even before you know what their release is about?
5 717 hours ago
𝑸𝑶𝑻𝑫 - do you have a favourite classic? Have you read Pride and Prejudice? ⠀⠀
𝑨𝑶𝑻𝑫 - I think Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of my favourite classics! I also love Sherlock Holmes and Lord of the Rings (not sure if that counts as a classic). I really want to read more classics though so let me know your favourites!
This beautiful bookmark is from @bookish.jasmine and it is so perfect! You can use my code MILLIE10 to save some money on these gorgeous bookmarks 💛
• 02.18.20 •
• Q - What is something fun about your city?
• A -Fun facts about my little maritime city on the east coast of Canada - Donald Sutherland was born here, Hunter Hayes filmed his video for “I Want Crazy” here, and we usually voted the friendliest city in Canada!
• I went to get my scans done for my Invisalign today!! I’m excited to get started with it. I didn’t realized how bad my teeth were until they took pictures of them lol.
• Have you bought your precious book babies any new sweaters lately? Head on over to @createdbyraemn’s shop and pick out some new ones! They’re available in 4 different sizes AND if you spend $35 or more, you get free domestic shipping!
• Reading Update - So I loved Illuminae!! I need to get Gemina ASAP! And I’m loving After. I forgot how much I love a good NA books!
• “Just because he can't love you the way you want him to doesn't mean he does't love you with everything he has” - After
• #berryenchantressfeb20 || cinnamon rolls
• #bookbellesfebruary || favorite couple
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If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?
Emily Dickinson, Selected Letters
Poetry vibes. All day, every day.
43 1,21319 February, 2020
I'd cut up my heart for you to wear if you wanted it.
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
Yes I would Colin Firth. Yes. I. would.
In the meantime, I’ll be over here enjoying these Pan 70 beauties that were a total cover buy, with zero regret.
What was the last book you bought based on its cover??
61 1,14418 February, 2020
Have you ever read a story as an adult and felt different about it than when you read it in your youth? A lot of people have said they didn’t like Wuthering Heights as much when they read it again as an adult. I never read it when I was in school so I can’t compare my feelings to anything. But it made me curious — what books did you adore when you were younger but don’t like now that you are older and have more perspective? Or, what books do you love now that you didn’t appreciate as much at a younger age?
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Hot off the press is this lovely #indiebookshop limited edition paperback of #Tidelands , by #PhilippaGregory , which I found in @toppingsbath last night! Officially publishing tomorrow, and sporting jaunty red -sprayed pages, it really is a beautiful buy. .
I wonder if it is a coincidence that Waterstones and Amazon are offering the ordinary paperback version at half price, just £4.49, on their websites today? 🤔 .
Have you read Tidelands? I do love historical fiction and am keen to read this story set in the marshy tidelands of the south coast during the civil war.
47 17619 February, 2020
• c a l m • had a long day yesterday leaving me tired and sore but I did manage to pop into a bookshop and pickup a few new things that have actually got me exited to read! Hoping the slump is on its way out 🖤 also I love the cover of this book, but sadly it is another book I have never actually got round to reading 🙈
20 14419 February, 2020
“We’re all mad here!”
We’ve got a quote on the back of all of our large candles, but I think this one from our Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland candle is the quote I relate to the most 🤣 I took a lil hiatus from social media this month to clear my head, and I didn’t realise how much I needed it! That being said...I love Instagram and I’ll never stay away from it for too long lol! Thanks to @ly_brary for this super cute photo 😍😍 Also I just figured out how to tag products on Instagram, let me know if it works for you on this photo!!!
I’ve just returned from a lovely evening of networking with other local business-women, the theme was ‘The Art of Confidence’ and I have to say I got a lot out of it 🤗😁😊 One thing we had to think about is something we are good at! So I want to ask you tonight...tell me something you’re good at! I’ll go first: I’m good at reading 🤣 #readerlife